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The resources below will help you to promote organ and tissue donation with your faith-based community year-round including National Donor Sabbath in November. National Donor Sabbath is observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving. 

National Donor Sabbath

During National Donor Sabbath, observed annually in November, faith leaders throughout the country come together with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to educate their communities about the critical need for organ and tissue donation, and the vital role their faith plays in making the decision to register as a donor.

Most religions support donation and view this gift as the ultimate act of charity and love. Leaders from churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship are encouraged to share information with their members and bring much-needed attention to this important cause.

Here are 4 ways you can help your faith-based community observe National Donor Sabbath:

  • Start the Conversation Now - Let your faith-based leader know that National Donor Sabbath is approaching and you would like to share your personal experience with organ and tissue donation. You can also contact NJ Sharing Network to schedule a volunteer transplant recipient or donor family member to speak as a guest at a faith-based event.
  • Host Donor Registration Drives - Suggest setting up a display table before and after services where you can distribute literature and donor registry forms.
  • Share the Life-Saving Message - Suggest that your congregation include a link to on your house of worship's website and Facebook page during National Donor Sabbath in November and beyond.
  • Educate - Provide informational materials at faith services and events, and include messaging in your bulletin and newsletters.

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To request a speaker, printed faith based outreach materials or for more information, please email E.Denise Peoples, Community Educator. 

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